Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Sign Britt, Hope He Returns to Form

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Sign Britt, Hope He Returns to Form

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In agreeing to terms with wide receiver Kenny Britt, the Rams are hoping Britt can return to the form he showed in his two seasons with Jeff Fisher in Tennessee.

As a first-round pick by the Titans in 2009, No. 30 overall, Britt caught 42 passes for 701 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. He was even better in 2010, with 42 catches for 775 yards and nine touchdowns. A big body at 6-3, 223 pounds with 4.47 speed in the 40, Britt displayed a knack for catching the ball in traffic.

He'd race downfield and Titans quarterbacks would simply throw it deep and say: "Go get it." It worked well enough that Britt was among the NFL leaders in yards per catch in both of those seasons, averaging 16.7 yards a catch (eighth best in the league) in 2009 and 18.5 yards a catch (seventh best) in 2010.

But after a season-ending knee injury in 2011, a season in which he played only three games, Britt's numbers have plummeted. He caught only 11 passes last season and was targeted only 33 times. After a while, it became clear that the Titans had given up on him, placing him on the pregame inactive list in three of the final four games of 2013.

"I am going to be a No. 1 receiver somewhere else if I am not here next year and that's guaranteed," Britt told the (Nashville) Tennessean at the end of the season. "I am definitely going to be a receiver that makes plays on Sundays and makes something happen for a team."

That team turns out to be St. Louis. After a free-agent tour that included Buffalo, New England and Washington, Britt agreed to a one- year, $1.4 million deal with the Rams.

An aggressive incentive package that includes catches, yards, and playoffs could basically double that total. It's a low-risk contract for the Rams but gives Britt the chance to re-energize his career he's only 25 with the coach who brought him into the league.

Britt, however, doesn't come without risk, with multiple issues with the law over the course of his NFL career. …

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